Hanoi Rocks Bassist Says Only He And Vince Neil Can Tell The Actual Story Of Razzle’s Death


During his recent interview with Waste Some Time with Jason Green, Hanoi Rocks bassist Sami Yaffa opened up about his bandmate and drummer Razzle‘s passing. The musician revealed that only he and Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil knew what happened by responding whether he blamed the singer.

During the band’s first American tour in late 1984, Hanoi Rocks members couldn’t know that they were about to face a tragic event that would ruin and change everything in their lives. Michael Monroe hurt his ankle, the band had to give a break, and in that time, Neil invited them to his home in Redondo Beach, California. Hanoi Rocks and Mötley Crüe musicians started to party hard, stopping when they had no beers left.

Thus, Neil and Razzle decided to buy some from the liquor store, but they were drunk, and Neil was driving the car under the influence. The journey ended up as a disaster when their vehicle crashed into another one, and Razzle passed away due to the accident on December 8, 1984. The singer was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. The court sentenced him to 30 days in jail and five years probation.

However, it wasn’t the only punishment for Neil; the band’s fans blamed the frontman for a long time by naming him Razzle’s murderer. As his bandmate and the person who was with them until the incident, Yaffa emphasized that Neil didn’t have any fault and it was an accident and tragedy for everyone caused by their crazy way of life. The bassist stated that even though there were many stories about that night, only he and the singer could tell what happened.

Here’s what the host said:

“When we did our first interview, we talked about Razzle’s passing. It was very sad, but a lot of people were excited to hear the memories of that day; the story hadn’t been out there. There are tons of YouTube channels stealing that piece of our interview.

What tells it? You said it’s your memory of it, and some of the time, the only people were you with Vince Neil and Razzle in that car. I don’t think Vince Neil has told the story. You have a legacy, and it can be a bit of a burden to you to be responsible for telling that.”

In Yaffa’s words, he said:

“There are a lot of stories about what happened; I was there the whole day. It’s either me or Vince who can tell the actual story. I wasn’t there exactly when it happened, but I was up there until it happened. It wasn’t an easy thing to go back. There were a couple of things in the book that wasn’t easy to go back to and remember because it was such a traumatic event to the whole band and the guys in Mötley Crüe, Vince as well. It was a horrible accident. It was horrible the way it happened. It shot us into different trajectories. For us, the story ended there as a band, whereas to them, it opened up basically.”

The host added:

“The one thing that people didn’t realize is that you talk about how you spent the day in the car and a two-passenger car. You sat on Razzle’s lap, and they asked you to go to get more Corona from the liquor store. You could have been easily part of this. That’s a tough thing to live with. Hanoi fans, a lot of them have come to hate Mötley Crüe or Vince Neil. You don’t take that approach. You say, ‘These were young people, and Razzle was living fast.’ You don’t point that blame.”

Yaffa responded:

“No, I can’t put a finger at that. It was an accident, and I can’t live with the hate in my life. It’s completely useless, hating some guy for something that happened. It was the way that we lived that Razzle lived, and he wanted to be in a fast car. He didn’t think it was party time and an accident happened. It was also horrible for the people in the car they crashed into. It was horrible for Vincent because he had to live with it every day.”

You can check out the interview below.